My rating: 4 of 5 stars
4 Twisted stars.
I belong to Hades.
I am Persephone.
Where to start? I have no effing idea because this book was so… wrong, so fucked up, so dark I didn’t know whether I liked it or not half of the time.
So I’ll try to go through my mental steps and see if I manage to cover everything.
Writing Style: undoubtedly, Webster has a way with words that is gripping and compelling. I like how she’s really focused on the here-and-now, on the actions, but at the same time manages to delve so deep into her character’s mind that the reader is unable to extract herself/himself from those dark recesses.
Plot: as plots go, this didn’t have that many twists and turns, mysteries or so. It’s pretty clear what is happening and the main focus is on the two MCs and their interactions.
Gabriel: I was so skeptical before starting because I hadn’t exactly loved him. Or, more accurately, I’d liked him as the bad guy, but didn’t see myself falling for him the way I usually do with male MCs. Truth is, I didn’t fall for him. I didn’t wish to be the h (Thanks Belzebù for that!). But that was okay, because I enjoyed the book for other reasons. Anyway, Gabe’s character is complex. At the very beginning we are shown what made him into the damned soul he is nowadays and it was interesting. Besides that, it freaked me out both his age (compared to Hannah. He’s like, sixty… and she’s barely 18. O.o) and how he was the voice of reason compared to her. Anyway, his was a well-shaped character with enough lucidity for the reader to understand the reasons behind his actions.
Gabe is this dark thunderstorm that came up over my horizon, decimated everything in his path, and swept me away with his torrential presence.
Hannah: she was unexpected. From the blurb, I’d had no clue about what she’d be like, but I was honestly not expecting her to be a psycho, something that is clear from almost the very beginning. I swear, Gabe compared to her is like Saint Mark, or some other Holy something. She’s completely off the rail, cuckoo, crazy, wild beyond comprehension. Frankly, she was Gabe’s perfect match. Webster couldn’t have created a more fitting couple, but I didn’t love her. I actually kind of hated her. Not at the beginning, but when she really started spiraling, it all felt too unrealistic. And I know that realism is not the strong suit of this series, but I liked how I could at least relate to some parts of War and Baylee. With her I didn’t feel invested in her character and she annoyed me.
Also, it made me sad to think that such a horrible person could be the result of something so pure as War and Baylee’s love. Moreover, I couldn’t see a future for her and Gabe. Their age gap was too wide for them to have a future together. When he’ll be eighty, she’ll be in her late thirties. Plus, they can’t really function in society. From how she’s portrayed, you just know that she’ll keep snapping and bad things are going to happen.
War: one of the things that got me so excited before starting this was the prospect of reading something more about my beloved War. Unfortunately, his character’s part was minimal and completely out-of-character. His acceptance of Gabe and Hannah’s relationship left me speechless, as well as his levels of forgiveness when it comes to Hannah. From her retelling of her relationship with War, she’s pictured like his little girl who could do no wrong even if she screws us every chances she gets. And he keeps forgiving her and making excuses for her… I didn’t buy all the bullshit about how “he gets her”, because War isn’t a monster. His darkness is nowhere near Hannah’s. So reading about him like this was like meeting a childhood friend you once fell in love with and finding out he’s become a totally different person, a shadow of himself.
Baylee: I loved her strong character in the duet and was hoping, as I already said, to read more about her with War. Instead, she’s portrayed like this uncompromising, uptight woman in constant struggle with her daughter. Since this book is told from Hannah’s POV (besides Gabe), her daughter had nothing good to say about her and even her actions the few times Baylee does something, do not match the woman I’d come to respect and adore in the first two books.
Now, I just realized that I’ve been bashing all the characters here and yet gave it four start. So why? Because this book was the darkest, grossest and most fucked up book I’ve ever read and it kept me glued to its pages with its originality. The characters, for how much I didn’t appreciated most of them, were masterfully crafted, rounded, complex, their interactions always meaningful and spell-bounding. It doesn’t hold a candle to the first two, but only because the love story it’s not of the kind that makes you squeal with joy and crush over the H or h. It’s raw and unrelatable, but the feelings are all there, perfectly showcased and represented.
So these four stars are for the amazing work Webster did in writing the Villain’s story, for how absurd or cringe worthy. Plus, the next book is going to be about Bree, Gabe’s innocent daughter, and Ren, Hannah’s brother, who I really liked in this book. From the blurb it sounds something similar to a Romeo and Juliet story and I’m super thrilled to see what Webster has in story for us on that front
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